Book ID: 105331
History of Landscape Ecology in the United States. 2015. illus. XVIII, 194 p. gr8vo. Hardcover.
This book analyzes the emergence of landscape ecology, its current status as a new integrative science, and how distinguished scholars in the field of landscape ecology view the future regarding new challenges and career opportunities. Over the past thirty years, landscape ecology has utilized development in technology and methodology (e.g., satellites, GIS, and systems technologists) to monitor large temporal-spatial scale events and phenomena. These events include changes in vegetative cover and composition due to both natural disturbance and human causechanges that have academic, economic, political, and social manifestations.There is little doubt, due to the temporal-spatial scale of this integrative science, that scholars in fields of study ranging from anthropology to urban ecology will desire to compare their fields with landscape ecology during this intellectually and technologically fertile time. History of Landscape Ecology in the United States brings to light the vital role that landscape ecologists will play in the future as the human population continues to increase and fragment the natural environment. Landscape ecologyis known as a synthesized intersection of disciplines; but new theories, concepts, and principles have emerged that form thefoundation of a new transdiscipline. -Contents:Foreword. / Preface / Acknowledgments. / Thirty Years of the United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (USIALE): The Evolution of Its Organization and Science / Launching Landscape Ecology in America and Learning from Europe / Right Time at the Right Place in History / Twenty-five Years of United States Landscape Ecology: Looking Back and Forging Ahead / History and Evolution of the Journal. / Historical Perspectives from Former Presidents of USIALE / Significant Theories, Principles, and Approaches that Emerged within Landscape Ecology during the Previous Thirty Years/ Transforming Fields of Study in Landscape Ecology / A Tale of Two Continents: The Growth and Maturation of Landscape Ecology in North America and Australia /Landscape Ecology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory / A Future for USIALE.- Index.